I was looking at one of the new guitar magazines this month (I don't remember which one, there are so many MORE of them than there are bass mags). Steve Morse was giving advice to guitarists and one of the suggestions was for the guitar player to learn the bass lines so that he can help the bassist out. Uh....excuse me, but we bassists are not a bunch of second rate musicians. We can learn our own damn lines without the help of a guitar player. You don't hear Tony Levin telling us to learn the guitar parts so we can help them out. Get off your high horese Steve, even though we went to the same high school and both had Ms. Samuels for math....she used to tell us youngans about you and your long hair back then!! And some jackass wrote a letter to the editor in Bass Player that was defending keeping a certain feauture that was possibly going to be removed. It read, we need features like that to help us give the band leaders the bass lines that they want. I don't give a damn what the so called band leader wants. In bands I play in, there is no leader. Only team players. If these so called band leaders want basslines, let them pick up the damn bass themself.